House hit by Qassam
Photo: Tani Goldstein

Qassam hits house in Sderot; no injuries

Color Red alert system activated at around 6 am Tuesday, followed by rocket striking empty house; building sustains heavy damage. Meanwhile, IDF strikes and hits two Qassam launching cells in northern Gaza Strip; one Palestinian killed

A Qassam rocket hit an empty house in the southern town of Sderot on Tuesday morning, causing heavy damage. Luckily, the house was empty, preventing injuries.


At around 10 am, two Qassam rockets fired the northern Strip landed within the Shaar Hanagev and Sdot Negev Regional Councils. Two mortar shells landed near the border fence. There were no injuries in all incidents.


"For eight years I have been trying to convince my parents to take a vacation for a few days and stay with relatives," the daughter of the couple whose house was destroyed in the attack told Ynet. "Luckily, miraculously, this weekend they finally agreed and went to stay with relatives in Givatayim."


The Color Red alert system was activated at around 6 am, followed by a loud explosion sound, which started another day of anxiety for many of Sderot's residents.


It was later reported that the IDF attacked a terrorist cell in the northern Strip after it launched a Qassam rocket into Israel. Another cell was struck early Tuesday. Both cells were hit.


The Palestinians reported that one person was killed and another injured in one of the strikes.

Heavy damage (Photo: Tani Goldstein)


The house's windows were all shattered, and pictures were destroyed in the living room. The furniture also sustained heavy damage.


"We are living in a Russian roulette here. A year ago a missile hit my brother's house and he left Sderot. Where did he go to? Ashkelon, and this week a Grad (rocket) landed in his neighborhood.


"What is happening here is absolute horror. All I can think about is how lucky we were that they were not home. What a miracle," the daughter said.


'IDF left Gaza but Grads continue to fly'

Unlike Ashkelon's residents, people in Sderot have been suffering for seven years, but can understand the anger following the rockets which struck Ashkelon.


"When I heard about the landings in Ashkelon, I hoped that now a red light would turn on and that this unbearable thing would be destroyed, but it turns out that the IDF pulled out of Gaza and the Grads continue to fly," the daughter said.


On Monday, two Qassam rockets landed in the Shaar Hanegev area. There were no reports of injuries or damage. Earlier, a rocket landed in an open area in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.


Ashkelon was hit by two Grad rockets Monday. One hit a seven story-building and the second landed in a playground.


Twenty-eight people were evacuated to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, two lightly injured and the rest suffering from shock.


The Military Censorship on Monday night cleared for publication that a Grad missile landed near the home of Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter in Ashkelon during the IDF's Operation Warm Winter in the Gaza Strip.


The missile hit a private residential home. A young girl was lightly wounded by shrapnel.


Shmulik Hadad contributed to this report


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